There’s plenty to like for football fans this weekend, as the Intrust Super Cup hits round 20.
The highlight is the competition’s two best form sides in PNG. PNG looking to inflict just Townsville’s third loss of the season, one of their previous two was against PNG.
Elsewhere a grand final replay from 2011 and battle of the Seagulls takes place. The TV cameras return to Dolphin Oval for a vital clash for both sides for finals contention. The other three games feature three sides in terrible form up against sides in reasonable form.
Here’s the ladder going into the weekend.
LADDER: Townsville 33 (+430), PNG Hunters 31 (+166), Wynnum-Manly 28 (+183), Ipswich 28 (+170), Easts 24 (+167), Mackay 24 (+106), Northern Pride 22 (+24), Redcliffe 19 (+69), Burleigh 18 (-225), Tweed Heads 15 (-53), Souths Logan 15 (-128), Sunshine Coast 13 (-165), Norths 10 (-320), CQ Capras 6 (-424)
Ipswich Jets v Norths Devils at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, July 25 – 3pm
Just the one game on Saturday this weekend, but it is in a familiar location at North Ipswich Reserve.
The Jets return home after two tough away games that yielded a win and loss against their top of the table rivals. The visit of Norths looks a much easier game on paper.
But looking at this year’s clash and the game last year in Ipswich, Norths seem to trouble the Jets a little, and the Devils will be hoping that trend continues as they search for a first win since Round 9 in early May.
One thing going against the visitors is only getting a draw from their commanding position of 28-4 up last weekend. A scenario for a team down on its luck and unable to find that bit extra to close out the game.
It will be tough going for them this around though with the attacking weapons at Ipswich’s disposal. A big home win looks like the only result.
Prediction: Ipswich by 26
This Year: Norths 18 Ipswich 24
Last Year: Ipswich 16 Norths 22
Odds: Ipswich $1.17 Norths $5.00
Ipswich Jets: 1. Carlin Anderson 2. Marmin Barba 3. Chris Walker 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Brandon McGrady 6. Josh Cleeland 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. Josh Seage 9. Landon Hayes 10. Rod Griffin 11. Joseph Ofahengaue 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Richard Pandia 14. Fakahoko Teutau 15. Kurtis Lingwoodock 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Liam Capewell
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
Norths Devils: 1. Dylan Galloway 2. Michael Lucas 3. Joel Bailey 4. Ryan Millard 5. Rogan Dean 6. Dan Murphy 7. Liam Tyson 8. Matt Mizzi 9. Byron Creighton 10. Brett Greinke (c) 11. Rhett Webster 12. Hiale Roycroft 13. Krys Freeman 14. Will McNee 16. Kristian Wanka 20. Dylan Smith 17. Billy Solah
Coach: Mark Gliddon
Redcliffe Dolphins v Mackay Cutters at Dolphin Oval on Sunday, July 26 – 1.40pm*
Dolphin Oval welcome their Dolphins back after two weeks on the road, and joining them on Sunday in front of the cameras is the Mackay Cutters.
Redcliffe need to keep winning to be any chance of finals football, and with Mackay currently sixth and five points ahead it is the perfect opportunity to close that gap to the finals this weekend.
The Dolphins have been unbeaten since their last clash with Mackay in Round 14, so they are moving in the right direction form-wise, Mackay are looking for a third straight win to enhance their Top 6 claims.
It all points to another quality game at 1:30pm on Sunday for the home viewers. Although with the quality on offer from the last TV games, there is plenty for these sides to live up to.
Prediction: Redcliffe by 8
This Year: Mackay 28 Redcliffe 18
Last Year: Redcliffe 20 Mackay 30
Odds: Redcliffe $2.10 Mackay $1.72
Redcliffe Dolphins: 1. Josh Beehag 2. Marlon Doak 3. Tom Opacic 4. Josh Rudolph 5. Tristan Lumley 6. John Brady 7. Luke Capewell (c) 8. Charlie Faingaa 9. Darcy Etrich 10. Jon Green 11. Nick Ritter 12. Anthony Cherrington 13. Trent Richardson 14. Logan Harris 15. Tyson Cleal 16. Harley Aiono 17. Taylor Brown
Coach: Troy Lindsay
Mackay Cutters: 1. Sam Clune 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Ben Jones 4. Justin Tavae 5. Zack Walker 6. Cameron Cullen 7. Liam Taylor 8. Brad Lupi 9. Josh Chudleigh 18. Pulou Vaituutuu 11. Brenden Treston 12. Tyson Martin 13. Chris Gesch (c) 14. Aleki Falepaini 10. Steve Rapira 15. Joss Boyton 16. Braden Uele
Coach: Kim Williams
CQ Capras v Easts Tigers at Browne Park on Sunday, July 26 – 2pm
After two incredible home games against some of the competition’s top teams, the Tigers head to Rockhampton to take on a Central side desperate for a win.
But it is some tough assignment that Central face on Sunday as Easts are not only a good run of form, having lost just once since Round 10, but they are especially ruthless against the lower ranked teams. Aside from a shock home loss to Redcliffe, Easts have won 6 and drawn 1 with a points difference of 221 from 8 games.
For a side still looking for a second win of the year, it has been a horror run of fixtures with the Capras having played every team in the top five, and a Redcliffe side running into form in the past few rounds. They led Wynnum at half time and pushed Redcliffe last weekend, so that uplift in form may make life uncomfortable for the Tigers.
Although the Tigers are noted for their defence, two great attacking performances against two top teams is not the kind of form the Capras would be hoping to face this weekend, and there have been some big wins to the Tigers in this fixture.
5 of Easts 6 losses have come on the road this year. Although this one doesn’t look like an addition to that total.
Prediction: Easts by 18
This Year: Easts 56 Central 6
Last Year: Central 4 Easts 34
Odds: Central $5.00 Easts $1.17
CQ Capras: 1. Reece Baker 2. Jake Ainsworth 3. Marco Delapena 4. Tarrant Mariner 5. Sam Smith 6. Matt Minto 7. Josh Mitchell 8. Gerard Tema 9. Mark Johnstone 10. Gavin Hiscox 11. Dan Randall 12. Guy Williams (c) 13. Corbyn Kilday 14. Dean McAdam 15. Josh Johnston 16. Rajan Opetaia-Halls 17. Aaron Watson 18. Josh Tanner 19. Tyson White
Coach: Lionel Harbin
Easts Tigers: 1. Donald Malone 2. Maeli Seve 3. Shane Neumann 4. Michael Kai 5. Matt Duffie 6. Shaun Nona 19. Brentt Warr 8. Felise Kaufusi 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Liam McDonald 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Jake Foster 13. Troy Giess 14. Francis Tualau 15. Matthew Zgrajewski 16. Brenton Horwood 17. Billy Walters 18. Dwayne Craft
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
Burleigh Bears v Souths Logan Magpies at Pizzey Park on Sunday, July 26 – 2pm
Burleigh are having an awful run at the moment, 4 heavy losses in a row totalling 180 against and 24 for is not good reading for the Bears, and their upset last minute win against Wynnum must seem like a long time ago.
Souths Logan are in reasonable form with an upset win in Tully against the Pride followed up by an impressive turnaround against Norths last weekend, as they clawed back from 28-4 down to draw 28-28.
Burleigh are due to bounce back at some stage, and this might be just the weekend to do it.
Prediction: Burleigh by 6
Last Year: Burleigh 20 Souths Logan 6
Odds: Burleigh $2.45 Souths Logan $1.55
Burleigh Bears: 1. Talor Walters 2. Zac Mackay 3. Jamie Dowling 4. Tyron Haynes 5. Dimitri Pelo 6. Todd Seymour 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Mitch Sharp 9. Tom Rowles 21. David Hala 11. Ayden Lee 12. Sam Swift 13. Darren Griffiths (c) 14. Jenan Parrish 15. Caleb Morehu 16. Shaun Maloney 17. Josh Ailaomai
Coach: Jim Lenihan
Souths Logan Magpies: 1. Jack Joass 2. Ihaka Watene 3. David Faamita 4. Scott Doyle 5. Tim Brooks 6. Ben Thorburn 7. Rhys Jacks 8. Tikiko Noke 9. Travis Waddell 10. Andrew Edwards 11. Joe Boyce 12. Daniel Tamou 13. Phil Dennis (c) 14. Jack Anderson 15. Ken Levu 16. Sam Gardel 17. Leon Panapa
Coach: Josh Hannay
PNG Hunters v Townsville Blackhawks at Kalabond Oval, Kokopo on Sunday, July 26 – 2.30pm
The big game of the weekend is the top of the table clash in Kokopo as the 2nd placed PNG Hunters welcome the first placed Townsville Blackhawks.
The PNG Hunters inflicted Townsville’s only loss at home this year in that earlier clash, and if this match is anything like the one earlier in the year, it will be some kind of game. Hopefully there’s a live stream to be had on Sunday afternoon.
Both of these sides have had incredible unbeaten runs this year with the Hunters currently unbeaten since Round 7 in April, and the Blackhawks are looking for their second streak of eight unbeaten games this year. Only the loss to the Hunters prevented them going since Round 2 without a loss.
Both teams came off close games last weekend, the Hunters taken all the way by their nemesis Sunshine Coast, and Townsville drew 40-40 against Easts. It will be close again on Sunday, and hopefully another cracking clash. Ferocious home support may just get PNG over the line.
Prediction: PNG by 4
This Year: Townsville 16 PNG 22
Odds: PNG $2.10 Townsville $1.72
PNG Hunters: 1. Stargroth Amean 2. Oti Bland Tony 3. Noel Zeming 4. Lawrence Tu’u 5. Adex Wera 6. Israel Eliab (c) 7. Ase Boas 8. Enock Maki 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. Brandy Peter 12. Kato Ottio 13. Timothy Lomai 14. Adam Korave 15. Atte Bina 16. Willie Minoga 17. Henry Noki 18. Nickson Borana 19. Roger Laka 20. David Lapua 21. Edward Goma
Coach: Michael Marum
Townsville Blackhawks: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Zac Santo 3. Kyle Feldt 4. Mosese Pangai 5. Lenny Magey 6. Tom Humble 7. Michael Parker-Walshe 8. Lorenzo Ma’afu 9. Anthony Mitchell 10. Daniel Beasley (c) 11. Noel Underwood 12. Kelepi Tanginoa 13. Neville Costigan 14. Nathan Norford 15. Chris McLean 16. Corey Jensen 17. Ricky Thorby
Coach: Kristian Woolf
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Piggabeen Sports on Sunday, July 26 – 3pm
It’s a battle of the two Seagulls teams again this weekend, and a match up of two previous grand finalists in 2011. That day came down in favour of the Wynnum based Seagulls, and all the two previous clashes between the two sides have gone to Wynnum too.
Wynnum will be disappointed that Ipswich snuck home against them on the weekend, but the statistics point to the fact that Wynnum are more successful on the road in 2015 with only 1 of their 5 losses for the season coming away from Kougari Oval. That was against the all-conquering Townsville.
Tweed Heads have been competitive in 2015, but haven’t got the wins they’d be hoping for, and with just 5 wins and a draw from their 17 played will need some kind of extraordinary end of season run and other results to make the finals.
One side attraction will be the arrival of Dave Taylor, and if reports are correct, he could be theirs for the rest of the season. It may just be the addition they require.
Wynnum look the goods to take out another battle of the Gulls this weekend.
Prediction: Wynnum by 2
This Year: Wynnum 22 Tweed Heads 12
Last Year: Tweed Heads 4 Wynnum 32
Odds: Tweed Heads $4.00 Wynnum $1.25
Tweed Heads Seagulls: 1. Ali Grant 2. Nathanael Barnes 3. James Wood (c) 4. Blake Anderson 5. Leva Li 6. Shaun Carney 7. Matt Srama 8. Will Bugden 9. Sam Meskell 10. Oliver Percy 11. Matt Robinson 12. Dave Taylor 13. Ben Ridge 14. Ricardo Parata 15. Sam Saville 16. Dane Clarke 17. Jai Ingram
Coach: Aaron Zimmerle
Wynnum Manly Seagulls: 1. Patrick Templeman 2. Peter Gubb 3. Matthew Grieve 4. Mitchell Buckett 5. Greg Eden 6. Matt Smith 7. Mathew Seamark 8. Ben Shea 9. Alehana Mara 10. Tim Natusch (c) 11. David Stagg 12 Jon Grieve 13. Mitchell Frei 14. John Te Reo 15. Brendon Gibb 16. Aaron Rockley 17. Tanu Wulf
Coach: Jon Buchanan